Foreign Military Sales (FMS) appear regularly on the Pentagon’s daily list of contracts. Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers weaponry and matériel to allied nations and international organizations. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) issued at least $2,216,367,000 worth of FMS contracts during January and February 2018.
Boeing, AAR Aircraft Services, and StandardAero received a shared $268,724,729 for P-8A airframe & engine maintenance and repair for U.S. Navy, Australia, and unnamed FMS. The P-8 Poseidon is a brand new aircraft designed for anti-submarine operations and ship interdiction. It will be sold to all Five Eyes partners, some NATO members, and potentially South Korea.
Harris Corp. received $44,859,296 to supply the Philippines with a command and control (C2) system. C2 systems enable militaries to coordinate tasking across various units and enable commanders to maintain a clear picture of the battlefield. Microwave communications systems and SATCOM devices will be installed to facilitate communications among AFP command centers. Under the guise of the so-called War on Terror, the U.S. military has been deployed in the southern Philippines continuously since 2001. Sonalysts, Inc., Systems Engineering Associates Corp., and Transtecs Corp. received a shared $49,403,766 to provide training systems, classrooms, and laboratories for the Waterfront Surface Trainers Program for U.S. Navy (99%); Philippines (1%).
Lockheed Martin received $148,745,565 for additional logistics on the F-35 for DOD (~87.42%); non-DOD ($25,322,239; 17.02%); FMS ($8,265,015; 5.56%). Lockheed Martin received $158,268,935 for program management, engineering, site support, and touch labor re: modification & retrofit on F-35 for DOD (85%); non-DOD ($16,959,383; 11%); unnamed FMS ($6,716,943; 4%). The F-35 is the greatest cash cow in the history of the U.S. war industry. The Manhattan Project cost around $26 billion in today’s dollars. The F-35 project is expected to cost nearly $1.5 trillion dollars, though that is a gross underestimate. The real figure is closer to $2.1 trillion dollars once maintenance, field service representatives, industry markups, and inflation are factored in.
M&M Manufacturing received $28,335,938 for FMS (Afghanistan): trousers for the Afghan National Police (ANP) and received $28,103,438 for coats for ANP. The cash-strapped Afghan government struggles to pay pensioners, but finds enough money to purchase overpriced clothing from the U.S. war industry.
Orbital ATK received $79,444,734 for operation & maintenance in support of NAWCWD Ground Launch Drone Missile (GQM-163A) target test & evaluation. Also supports FMS testing activities. Northrop Grumman is about to finish acquiring Orbital ATK for nearly $10 billion. This acquisition will provide NG with lucrative war portfolios involving small arms ammunition, spacecraft, and rocket technology.
Raytheon / Lockheed Martin Javelin JV received $18,058,291 for Javelin repair & support. Including unnamed FMS. Previous Javelin FMS customers have included France, Jordan, Lithuania, Qatar, Taiwan, and Turkey.
Raytheon received $87,128,192 for AN/DAS-4 Multi-Spectral Targeting System B (MTS-B) turrets, production support, “capacity increase,” spares, replaceable units, and data. FMS (France, $5,339,508). France is home to a few substantial weapons manufacturers, including Thales and Airbus. Much of the French war industry is tied to the United States. Thales, for example, produces missile guidance units, radios, and sonar systems for the U.S. military. The French war industry benefits from U.S. imperialism. French weaponry, troops, and matériel are currently deployed across USAFRICOM to chase armed gangs alongside U.S. forces.
Raytheon received $333,355,700 for FMS (unnamed): Surveillance Radar Program follow-on sustainment package. DOD statutes require the Pentagon to issue legal justification for withholding the FMS customer’s identity. This contract provided no such justification.
Sallyport Global Holdings received $400,000,000 for FMS (Iraq): base security and base operations to help the Iraq F-16 program at Balad AB, Iraq. Spartan Air Academy Iraq received $45,000,000 for FMS (Iraq): establish Air Force ‘Air Academy’ training at Balad AB. The U.S. war industry has made record profits from contracts pertaining to the invasion of Iraq, the Occupation of Iraq, and now the ‘rehabilitation’ of Iraqi infrastructure and institutions. Sallyport exemplifies this profiteering. It was established in 2003, in the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Without a hint of irony, Sallyport established its headquarters at Freedom Drive in Reston, Virginia.
CONTAINMENT OF CHINA
Boeing received $60,903,323 for FMS (Japan): mission computing upgrade on four E-767 aircraft and associated ground systems. The U.S. war industry keeps the conflict on the Korean peninsula simmering and hypes the ‘China threat’ in order to sell weaponry to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Boeing is one of the major beneficiaries of this approach.
Lockheed Martin received $13,352,049 to support Taiwan F-16 Peace Phoenix Rising program. Ceaseless militarization of Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan has caused China to respond with military modernization initiatives and an increase in its defense budget.
Lockheed Martin received $33,694,111 for FMS (South Korea): support Peace Krypton mission equipment, aircraft, and technical manuals. Peace Krypton aircraft fly in international waters close to borders with China and North Korea. These aircraft suck up electronic emissions and analyze and process signals intelligence.
FMS TO UNDEMOCRATIC REGIMES – 22 U.S. Code 2304 specifically states that the Pentagon cannot arm any country that commits flagrant human rights violations. The Pentagon ignores this law.
Carleton Life Support Systems received $9,729,826 for aircraft parachute release systems fittings. FMS: Israel (12.57%); Turkey (6.13%); South Korea (6.12); Egypt (4.99%); UAE (3.39%); Belgium (2.62%); Saudi Arabia (2.03%); Netherlands (1.99%); Portugal (1.84%); Taiwan (1.69%); Denmark (1.22%); Chile (1.01%); unnamed (3.97%). Corporations big and small benefit from U.S. support to undemocratic regimes.
Clayton International received $7,685,795 for FMS (Egypt): depot level maintenance on one AS-61 helicopter. Lockheed Martin received $25,207,324 for FMS (Egypt): Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) kits & spares for the AH-64 helicopter.
Honeywell received $42,636,136 for logistical support of ground carts, auxiliary power units, and secondary power for B-2 and C-130 aircraft. Involves FMS to South Korea, Germany, Egypt, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Romania, Israel, Bahrain, Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Jordan, Australia, NATO, Argentina, Kuwait, Pakistan, Turkey, and Poland.
Kay & Associates Inc. received $61,119,477 for FMS (Kuwait): contractor maintenance and support services on F/A-18 C/D. Genco Infrastructure Solutions received $95,000,000 for warehouse and distribution operations in Bahrain. The contract with Genco is not foreign military sales, but it is a good indicator of how U.S. corporations profit off CENTCOM’s sprawling posture.
Lockheed Martin received $13,993,000 for FMS (Israel): initial spares coinciding with F-35 deliveries. Lockheed Martin received $147,963,919 for FMS (Israel): F-35 weapons certification, modification kits, and electronic warfare analysis. Zionist supremacy and Israeli apartheid could not be sustained without support from the U.S. war industry.
Lockheed Martin received $18,891,070 for FMS (Saudi Arabia): engineering & project management for MH-60R (.pdf). Lockheed Martin received $193,850,000 for FMS (Saudi Arabia): eight UH-60M (.pdf) for Saudi National Guard and nine UH-60M for Saudi Land Forces’ Airborne Special Security Forces. The Saudi regime will use these helicopters and other U.S.-supplied weaponry against the people of Saudi Arabia whenever a democratic uprising gains sufficient momentum. Right now, this weaponry threatens Iran.
Lockheed Martin received $523,836,625 for USA and FMS (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Romania): PAC-3 missiles and ground support equipment. Lockheed Martin received $18,195,587 for FMS (Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Taiwan, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Romania): PAC-3 segment enhancement software / engineering services. Over the past few years, the U.S. war industry has sold more and more surface-to-air missiles to Gulf regimes. At the same time, the U.S. war industry’s think tank affiliates and media partners have been stoking the ‘Iranian threat.’ Such fears boost war industry sales.
Odyssey Systems received $11,476,737 for professional acquisition activities at Hanscom AFB. This supports AEW&C and battle management FMS involving: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France, Japan, Australia, Turkey, Iraq, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Egypt, Jordan, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Netherlands. Bundling FMS packages is one way in which the U.S. war industry traps foreign nations into aligning with U.S. foreign policy objectives.
Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV received $94,886,553 for FMS: (France, Taiwan, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Lithuania): Javelin deliverables (rounds, command launch units, battery coolant unit spares). The U.S. war industry has no problem selling these fire-and-forget, anti-tank missiles to Jordan, Qatar, and Turkey – three countries with ostensibly divergent aims in the Syrian Civil War. This contract shows the coherent policy of the U.S. war industry: sell to anyone, because profit trumps strategy.
Raytheon received $17,590,754 for USA and FMS (Israel, Qatar, Kuwait, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia): support PATRIOT Field Surveillance program. Raytheon received $23,293,599 for FMS (UAE): AN/TPY-2 radar engineering, software development, and maintenance.
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***$2,216,367,000 is a very conservative estimate. In cases where the distribution between FMS and U.S. allocations was unclear, this journalist rounded down all FMS figures.